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Department of English & Philosophy

English and Philosophy students gain real-world experience in Drexel’s Co-op program, the Drexel Publishing Group, Community-Based Learning courses and more.

Drexel University’s Department of English and Philosophy offers undergraduate degrees in English, with concentrations in Literary Studies and Writing; Philosophy; and Philosophy, Politics and Economics; as well as a variety of minors and certificate programs.

The Drexel Co-Op

Through Drexel's renowned cooperative education program, students embark on up to three, six-month periods of full-time employment, exploring their career options, strengthening their résumés and building a professional network in the process.

Learn more about the Drexel Co-Op Program

Community-Based Learning

From writing the life journal of a hospice patient, to exploring war stories alongside veterans, our unique Community-Based Learning courses allow students to gain a deeper appreciation for course material as they learn alongside our community.

See Available Community-based Learning Classes

Drexel Publishing Group

Students interested in writing, editing and publishing can build their skills in those areas by working with the Drexel Publishing Group, which oversees The 33rd, Write Now Philly, and related projects. Students can also work with Maya, Drexel’s student-run, undergraduate literary magazine.

Events with Writers and Thinkers

Students gain insider insight into the fields of literature, writing and philosophy through a wide variety of events. The department has hosted discussions with experts like Anthony DeCurtis, contributing editor for Rolling Stone; Buzz Bissinger, author of “Friday Night Lights;” and distinguished philosophers like Robert Audi, Sally Haslanger and Neil Sinhibabu. The English program presents an annual Drexel Writing Festival featuring invited guests and workshops, while the Philosophy program holds a Faculty Work-in-Progress series attended by students and faculty alike.

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student Niayla-Dia Murray
“I wanted a field of study that would fuel my curious nature and allow me to apply what I’m learning to modern-day issues. It turns out that I absolutely love my philosophy major.” Niayla-Dia MurrayBA Philosophy & BA Political Science ‘20
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Recent News

  • Blue Drexel dragon logo CoAS Accomplishments in Brief We are pleased to recognize the recent grants, publications, presentations, awards and honors of the members of the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Blue Drexel dragon logo Two Arts and Sciences Faculty Members Named 2021-2022 Provost Fellows The Office of the Provost recognized four faculty experts as its 2021-2022 cohort of Provost Fellows, including the College of Arts and Sciences’ Deirdre McMahon, PhD, and Asta Zelenkauskaite, PhD. A Provost Fellow is a faculty member who partners with senior administration to spearhead a project critical to Drexel’s success.
  • Madison Betts Writing Her Own Journey: Meet English Major Madison Betts Drexel’s 10-week term format allowed Madison Betts to discover her true passion of writing. On the five-year, three co-op plan, Betts is gaining experience in publishing while looking forward to graduate school and one day publishing her own book.
  • Avery Maudlin From Co-op to Law School, Avery Maudlin Credits Philosophy Major for Defining his Path Avery completed three co-ops and is currently a fellow at the Kline & Specter law firm, where he is currently working on a mass tort class action case, serving as a liaison between incoming clients and attorneys. He views the skills learned in his philosophy classes—the ability to intake information and make your own knowledge—as extremely important in the legal field.
  • three recent issues of The 33rd, a print anthology Drexel Publishing Group Gives Undergraduate Students Real-World Publishing Experience The course WRIT 405 – Internship in Publishing gives students practical experience in the publishing world through a variety of projects run by the Drexel Publishing Group (DPG). Students write and edit book reviews and articles for DPG’s online publicationWrite Now Philly and learn about production and design while applying styles, formatting and copyediting books that DPG publishes.

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Prospective Students

Please email coas@drexel.edu or call us at 215.895.1805 with any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!


Undergraduate Advising

Paige Chmielewski, Academic Adviser, Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences

Paige Chmielewski

Academic Adviser
Korman Center 297
215.895.0271 | pr37@drexel.edu

Jenna Gregory

Jenna Gregory

Academic Adviser
3018 MacAlister Hall
215.895.2590 | jeg362@drexel.edu

Kate Hughes, Associate Director of Advising and Student Success, Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences

Kate Hughes

Associate Director and Academic Adviser
Academic Building, 311
215.895.1208 | kfh28@drexel.edu

Storylab

Sharpened pencils in a cup

Drexel Storylab is a College of Arts and Sciences initiative housed in the Department English and Philosophy. Storylab is a creative and professional resource for non-traditional students: professional adults, Drexel Alumni, current Drexel professors and other interested community members.

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Contact Us

Department of English & Philosophy

5044 MacAlister Hall
3250-60 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Main office: 215.895.2431
Drexel Writing Center: 215.895.6633